Thursday, October 21, 2010

Flood or Famine

My life has been a serious case of flood or famine lately.

Since I graduated from nursing school it's been a SERIOUS freaking famine. No job, boring NCLEX, blah, blah. blah. Because of that....I got reallly used to having absolutley spotless house. Because I cleaned multiple times/week.

I started work full time this week. I started having Sports Therapy every day this week. When I Get home, I still want to keep up my "perfect, spotless-ness" - so I find myself cooking, vacuuming, scrubbing floors. And of course - make a trip to the gym!

Last night, I realized that I honestly did not sit down from the hours of 5:30 AM until 9:30PM. Now, I had a 10 minute drive to and from work. But, you get the point.

So it's been a "flood". And I'm loving it.

My job is incredible. People often say, "Ick. A nursing home?!?! Rehabilitation center?! How awful."

But now, I can completely disagree with that statement or stereotype. (although, I'd still like to get some adrenaline in and work on an ICU at some point in my career....)

How many jobs in this world do you get hugs from 30 patients. Many of these people don't have any family left. So they have come to a point where their caregivers are their "family".

I have become an adopted "Granddaughter" to 3 women I take care of. I get to hear their life stories, their wisdom and concerns, and offer a hand to hold when they are feeling lonely or depressed.

I realized not all nursing homes are like this -- and not every facility offers such a "close-knit" environment.

But this experience is definitely making me grow as a nurse and especially as a person.

Already, I feel like I've become a more patient person. And (if you know me at all)...patience is usually not one of my virtures/traits.

So things are going excellent! Yay! I look forward to 6 am every day.

Other exciting news.....

My hip is healing great and I Get to resume training on Tuesday! Wahoo!! I miss running- especially just the aspect of getting to be outdoors!!

Also, I performed the heimlich maneuver today. It was frightening. I may have been more frightened than the patient. (Not really...choking is horrific.)

Well, I am looking forward to enjoying one last evening with the husband before he heads out for a manly hunting trip this weekend with his Dad! I am praying he comes back with a deer! I would love me some venison. (Any vegetarians out there are probably on their knees right now praying....)